Taking inspiration from the glorious technicolor and Oscar winning musical ‘An American in Paris’ which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Bars Manager Sean Kelly has created a special menu of twists on classic cocktails, evoking the jubilant era of post-war Paris combined with the American heritage of the protagonists, imagining the drinks they might have enjoyed in the venues they would have frequented.
In the Gershwin scored movie set in 1946, American GI Jerry Mulligan, (Gene Kelly,) settles in Paris after the war to realise his dream of becoming an artist. Along the way he meets and falls in love with Lise Bouvier, (Leslie Caron,) who is engaged to be married to his friend – singer Henri Baurel – whilst Jerry is also pursued by heiress Milo Roberts. However, in typical and triumphant musical style, true love prevails.
Jerry Mulligan £10.50
Slane Irish Whiskey, Dry Vermouth, Lemon Juice, Grenadine
A twist on the classic Scofflaw cocktail which originated at Harry’s Bar in Paris, we use Slane Irish whiskey instead of Rye in a nod to the presumed Irish heritage of Jerry Mulligan.
Le Lido Sazerac £12.50
Jack Daniel’s Rye, Cognac, Suze, Absinthe
An ode to the Lido cabaret, which opened in 1946 and was the premiere destination in Paris where Henri Baurel certainly would have been performing. Our take on the classic Sazerac adds the gentian flavoured Suze liqueur for greater depth.
Miss Bouvier’s Boulevardier £11.50
Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Byrrh Aperitif, Lillet, Campari
The classic Boulevardier was created by American-born writer Erskine Gwynne, who founded a monthly magazine in Paris of the same name. We replace sweet vermouth with Byrrh, the classic French aperitif popular post-war, whose poster is seen throughout the film in Jerry’s favourite café.
Milo’s Martini £11.50
Finlandia Vodka, Pineapple Juice, Sour Raspberry, Chambord
We have added a lightly fermented sour raspberry cordial to a classic French martini, for a pleasant tartness in tribute to the spirited, yet acerbic Milo Roberts who makes a play for Jerry’s affections.
S’Wonderful Fizz £10.50
Ford’s Gin, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Champagne, Mint
The Gershwin classic sung by Jerry and Henri – unwittingly about the same girl – is a variation on a Southside Fizz. Lengthened with champagne instead of soda to match the exuberance of the melody.